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Are Discussion Forums A Waste of Time?

Let me just tell you this, that when it comes to discussion forums people usually say that they’re either a waste of time or the exact oposite, they’re awesome for connecting and networking with other people.

What do you think, are discussion forums just a waste of time?

When you’re using a discussion forum you can get into discussion after discussion without having much to show for it. If you do, you’re wasting your time.

If you visit your favorite discussion forum for a specific period of time each day and spend that time wisely by sharing tips and discussion interesting topics, then you’re not wasting your time.

Many valuable friendships and joint ventures have been made through online networking forums. For instance, most of the jobs I outsource are to people I have met via discussion forums.

There are especially three things you need to avoid:

1. A lof of negative people stay at discussion forums. When you visit a discussion forum you don’t always know who you’re dealing with. Unfortunately, a lot of people are quite negative and even downright nasty. You might meet them. Only visit discussion forums that inspire you and make you feel good.

2. Meaningless discussions. It’s okay to make friends as well as network, but you really don’t want to spend half of your day talking about non-business related topics. Use your time wisely. It’s a lot harder to switch back to being more business-like after you’ve been very socially chatty and informal for a while.

3. You give more than you get. It’s good to give back; there is no denying that. But if you spend a lot of time on forums helping others and not achieving much in return yourself, then you may want to ask why you’re doing it in the first place? Give out helpful information here and there and include a link back to your website for further information (in the signature).

Discussion forums can be a great addition to your business success or a complete time-wasting exercise.

When it comes to Internet marketing, there are three discussion forums I recommend:

Digital Point Forums
Warrior Forum
– Third Tribe (paid)

What’s your experience, are they a total waste of time?

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